Donald Trump, although he did not receive the majority of votes, was elected to be the next president of the United States according to the election laws of this country. I did not vote for Donald Trump, but I felt after his election that he should be given a chance to prove himself. Perhaps, I thought, he will rise to the occasion and be a better president than I expected. Sadly, as president-elect, he is proving himself to be the same old bullying and elitist person that he he has been all of his life. I am especially dismayed by his treatment of union leader Chuck Jones and the response of many Trump supporters.
If you have been following the news, you know that Donald Trump claims, probably correctly, that he persuaded air-conditioner manufacturer to abandon a planned move of a manufacturing facility to Mexico and claimed to have saved 1,100 jobs in Indiana. Mr. Jones appeared on CNN to question the number of jobs saved and said that 350 of those jobs would have stayed in Indiana in any case.
Someone with the dignity to be president of the United States would have let matters lie. However, Donald Trump reacted like a teenage cyber bully. Rather than challenge Mr. Jones’s number, Mr. Trump launched a personal attack against Mr. Jones on Twitter: “Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” Mr. Trump’s tweet, which reportedly went out to his roughly 15 million followers, set off a barrage of threatening and insulting phone calls to Mr. Jones’ office.
This is the kind of behavior one would expect from the authoritarian ruler of a third-world country with President Maduro of Venezuela. it is unworthy of a person elected to be president of the United States.
Anyone who dares to correct one of Mr. Trump’s misstatements runs the same risk of public retribution. Even and insignificant person like me could find himself the target of Donald Trump’s bullying and harassment by Trump supporters if this insignificant blog should ever come to his attention.
I once thought that this country was above such childish behavior, but Donald Trump and his sycophants have shown me how wrong I was. It is also ironic that Donald Trump was elected largely by the support of union members, and now Donald Trump and a large group of his followers are attacking one of them. Perhaps many Trump voters are beginning to realize that Donald Trump pulled the wool over their eyes to get their votes.
I come from a working-class background. Many of the men in the families of both my mother and father worked in the coal mines of Appalachia before going on to jobs in the steel mills or on the Pennsylvania Railroad. My father and one of my uncles had to leave elementary school to go to work in the coal mines to support their mother. My father died at the age of 62 of silicosis, black lung disease, and lung cancer. I am very much against the marginalization of working people by people, and therefore I am very worried by the authoritarian and elitist manner in which it appears that Donald Trump will govern.
Don’t look for things to change. President-elect Trump has named Andy Puzder to be his labor secretary. Mr. Puzder is a fast-food executive who opposes the minimum wage and overtime pay for workers. People who work for wages will not fare well under the coming Trump presidency.